Hack the Planet ... for real this time

The Keynote Theatre

Thu 19th Oct 10:15 to 10:40

Attackers have begun to shift their focus from traditional Information Technology systems to the systems and machines that run our planet (think: the technology widely used in refineries, power plants, hospitals and transportation systems, for example). As a result, major industries are facing a daunting reality: Conventional information security tools and techniques are no longer effective in the detection and prevention of cybersecurity incidents.
The impact of these attacks will touch virtually every person on the planet, and the result is not a social media account takeover or credit card information being stolen; the “asset” under attack has the potential to be human lives.
The lack of uniformity in the protocols, operating systems and hardware introduce a major fragmentation issue for those responsible in developing and managing security programs aimed at defending the planet. The emerging fields of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence may be our best path forward, but still, we must ask ourselves: What are the implications we face when working to get ahead of this problem, and how do we need to reinvent ourselves to defend the hackable planet? 

What you will take away from this session

  • What does hackers' shift in focus from IT to OT mean in terms of size and scope of the risk?
  • What impact could these attacks have?
  • What are the implications we face when working to get ahead of the problem?
  • How must we reinvent ourselves to defend our hackable planet?


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